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A 1:65 model of a US Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft.
About this creation
This MOC is a 1:65 scale model of the search-and-rescue variant of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. The C-130 is one of the most versatile and most easily recognizable aircraft ever produced. During the almost 60 years of its production run, it has been manufactured in numerous variants, and has served in countless roles, including military and civilian airlift, surveillance, airborne command and control, gunship, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, aerial firefighting, and search and rescue. There is even a ski-equipped version of the Hercules, for operations in arctic conditions.

The particular version of the Hercules represented in this MOC is a US Coast Guard HC-130, which is an extended range maritime search-and-rescue variant. The Coast Guard operates these aircraft from a number of strategically placed air stations in the United States, including, most notably, the one at Kodiak, Alaska.

The Coast Guard version of the HC-130 has several modifications that aid in search and rescue operations, including a pair of large windows below the cockpit to allow the crew to visually scan the sea surface and a 360-degree surface search radar. It is operated by a crew of 7, who perform functions such as dropping life rafts or spraying dispersant to help control oil spills.

The dimensions of the model are approximately 58 studs long (46.4 cm. / 18.3 in.) and 79 studs wide (63.2 cm. / 24.9 in.). The model has functional cargo bay doors, which work in a manner very similar to the way the real ones do. The cargo door is split into uppper and lower halves, with the lower half opening downward to form the ramp, while the upper half opens upward until it is almost flush with the top of the fuselage. This detail isn't always represented correctly in models of this aircraft.

This MOC has been blogged on the The LEGO Car Blog. I have also submitted this MOC to Cuusoo. If you are so inclined, you can support it here.









In this final picture, we see an HC-130 making a low pass over the US Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, which you can see more of here.






Comments

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  November 17, 2014
Quoting Lo var Lachland How come I missed this beautiful model?!? Amazing Matt!
Thanks!
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  November 17, 2014
Quoting Kurt's MOCs I can't believe I haven't commented yet on this excellent model. Great work on the overall shape and the details are spectacular, especially the props. Nicely done!
Thanks! At this scale, the major challenge in getting the shape right was to be match the shape while maintaining a functional rear cargo door. I was able to do that only by adjusting the dimensions of the door slightly.
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  November 17, 2014
How come I missed this beautiful model?!? Amazing Matt!
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  November 17, 2014
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl Briliant plane. These propellers are cool - very nice part usage. For this, you have my support :)
Thanks! The propellers are an idea that I have re-used for a number of different builds. They work very well at this scale.
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  November 15, 2014
I can't believe I haven't commented yet on this excellent model. Great work on the overall shape and the details are spectacular, especially the props. Nicely done!
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  August 22, 2014
Briliant plane. These propellers are cool - very nice part usage. For this, you have my support :)
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  July 29, 2014
Quoting Corellian Engineering You should create a HC-144 and a C-27J in Coast Guard colors to complete their livery. Oh, and I think they still operate two Gulfstream VC-37's and last I heard they still fly those two RG-8's in a grey low-vis paint job to look for drug runners. Lastly, I think I've seen photos of a P-3 orion with a rotodome in Coast Guard colors... I know that US customs and border protection have at least one like that but I'm not sure about the USCG.
You know, before I settled on building this HC-130, I actually started to work on an HC-144, but I never got very far with it. I definitely may come back to that someday. Hmmm... A P-3 would also be a really interesting build. I'll have to look into that one.
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  July 29, 2014
You should create a HC-144 and a C-27J in Coast Guard colors to complete their livery. Oh, and I think they still operate two Gulfstream VC-37's and last I heard they still fly those two RG-8's in a grey low-vis paint job to look for drug runners. Lastly, I think I've seen photos of a P-3 orion with a rotodome in Coast Guard colors... I know that US customs and border protection have at least one like that but I'm not sure about the USCG.
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  December 18, 2013
This is great Lego creationism!
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  December 2, 2013
Now I'm not a big fan of planes but this is awesome! Excellent work, very impressive.
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  November 10, 2013
Excellent work mate!
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  November 8, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Congrats on a well deserved Shot of the Year on the Lego car blog!
Thanks. It was a welcome surprise to see TLCB pick it up, especially since they generally shy away from digital MOCs.
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  November 8, 2013
Congrats on a well deserved Shot of the Year on the Lego car blog!
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  November 8, 2013
Excellent work. Love the color scheme. -LB Senior
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  November 7, 2013
Amazing aircraft!
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  November 7, 2013
A fitting complement to your beautiful ship. Everything about this looks perfect.
Matt Bace
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Dr. Monster
  November 6, 2013
Killer MOC! Your Herc is very well shaped and it looks excellent in Coast Guard livery. Well done.
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  November 6, 2013
5/5 for me :)
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Man. Beat me to it. I guess I just have to settle on a AC-130 now, or something :-D Anyways, yeah, this is great! Perfect colors, now lets see it in IRL!
Thanks. The AC-130 is all yours -- Like I said over on Flickr, I am probably going to do some firefighting aircraft next, probably a Martin Mars or Conair Firecat, or possibly a Canadair CL-415 or Erickson S-64 AirCrane.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee Dude! I feel safe at sea looking at these beauties. Fantastic shaping and color blocking. Just absolutely stunning accomplishments there. I am in shock looking at your fleet, I use the word "perfect" a lot. I will have to reserve that word for masterpieces like this. THIS is perfect!
Quoting Michael K. Beautiful! I love this plane!
Thanks, guys! I appreciate the comments.
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  November 6, 2013
Man. Beat me to it. I guess I just have to settle on a AC-130 now, or something :-D Anyways, yeah, this is great! Perfect colors, now lets see it in IRL!
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  November 6, 2013
Dude! I feel safe at sea looking at these beauties. Fantastic shaping and color blocking. Just absolutely stunning accomplishments there. I am in shock looking at your fleet, I use the word "perfect" a lot. I will have to reserve that word for masterpieces like this. THIS is perfect!
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  November 6, 2013
Beautiful! I love this plane!
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Henrik Jensen Wow! It´s absolutely brilliant. First of all I think your choise of scale is great, because a real one wouldn´t be unmanageable to build. The USCG-colorscheme really impressed me, especially the angled stripe across the forward fuselage. The fuselage is really nice shaped, and the wheel fairings look great. The main wing lovely smooth. The only thing that could need some extra Work are the engine nacelles, they seem to be a little too short.
Thanks. You are right about the engine nacelles. They should be almost a whole stud longer, but for various reasons, including structural integrity and the fact that the hubs on the props are little too deep, I went with the current design.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Alex Sonny A lovely render, I especially like the last photo with the ship! It's a clean and simple design that works overall. Kudos!
Thanks. I don't know what happened with that last pic. I had a great scene with the Hercules banking for a turn, and then the cutter photo bombed it :-).
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Gabor Pauler Ice-cream based propellers! Great idea. I would like to use it in small-scale variable pitch tail rotor of some of my helicopters.
Thanks. As I said earlier, I wasn't really looking to do any clever parts usage, but I simply could not think of a better option to represent the props at this scale.
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  November 6, 2013
Wow! It´s absolutely brilliant. First of all I think your choise of scale is great, because a real one wouldn´t be unmanageable to build. The USCG-colorscheme really impressed me, especially the angled stripe across the forward fuselage. The fuselage is really nice shaped, and the wheel fairings look great. The main wing lovely smooth. The only thing that could need some extra Work are the engine nacelles, they seem to be a little too short.
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  November 6, 2013
A lovely render, I especially like the last photo with the ship! It's a clean and simple design that works overall. Kudos!
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  November 6, 2013
Ice-cream based propellers! Great idea. I would like to use it in small-scale variable pitch tail rotor of some of my helicopters.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Bill Daniels. Wow! GREAT work! I don't know that much about planes but, I think the propellers are a bit small. 5/5 ~Bill
Thanks. And you are right -- while the diameter of the propellers is close to correct, the propeller blades themselves should be a bit wider. Unfortunately, there aren't too many options for constructing a compact 4-blade prop. This was the best I could come up with after thinking about it for a while.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting sam the first wow!! looks brilliant! very nice plane, great MOC.
Quoting Kevin Bennett Gorgeous Mr Bace, very accurate.....
Quoting Luke V SWEET JESUS DETAIL!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!
Thanks, guys.
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  November 6, 2013
Wow! GREAT work! I don't know that much about planes but, I think the propellers are a bit small. 5/5 ~Bill
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  November 6, 2013
wow!! looks brilliant! very nice plane, great MOC.
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  November 6, 2013
LDD INSTRUCTIONS??? YES OR NO???
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Commander Knox This is a cool MOC, great plane.
Thanks. I've always that the C-130 was pretty cool, too. I'm a little surprised that there haven't been more MOCs of it already.
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  November 6, 2013
Gorgeous Mr Bace, very accurate.....
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  November 6, 2013
SWEET JESUS DETAIL!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!
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  November 6, 2013
This is a cool MOC, great plane.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Dr. Monster Killer MOC! Your Herc is very well shaped and it looks excellent in Coast Guard livery. Well done.
Thanks. As I've said before, you really can't go wrong with the Coast Guard colors -- they beat the other services hands down in that department.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Your style of building leaves me amazed every time! It's easily recognizable as yours, and the quality of the build is astounding. Well done man!
Thanks. I think your own builds, particularly the mosaics, are pretty impressive as well. I don't think I would have the knack to get them to look as good.
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  November 6, 2013
Your style of building leaves me amazed every time! It's easily recognizable as yours, and the quality of the build is astounding. Well done man!
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Lars Kumpfert Great work! I think you cant shape or design a hercules better than yours, its just perfect! ;)
Thanks. There actually are a few things that I wished I could have improved on, but I think I would have to take a step up in scale to do so. For instance, on the real C-130, the landing gear bulges taper downward slightly in front and upward slightly in the rear, but I couldn't find a good way to duplicate that exactly at this scale.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is without a doubt the best looking and designed C-130 Hercules I've ever seen! I love the turbo props! The fuselage is perfect. I love the buldge that houses the main landing gear is spot on. You even replicated the beautiful pug ugly nose of the aircraft. Fantastic job Matt can't wait to see the write up on the blogs! I also love the flyover the ship nice touch.
Thanks, Clayton. I had to try quite a few options on the fuselage and landing gear bulges before I found something I was happy with, and I still had to make a compromise or two. My biggest regret, though, is that I have not yet found a good way to make the landing gear functional. So far, it has proven to be very difficult at this scale, but I am still working on it.
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  November 6, 2013
Quoting Locutus 666 Excellent build dude!
Thanks!
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  November 6, 2013
Great work! I think you cant shape or design a hercules better than yours, its just perfect! ;)
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  November 6, 2013
This is without a doubt the best looking and designed C-130 Hercules I've ever seen! I love the turbo props! The fuselage is perfect. I love the buldge that houses the main landing gear is spot on. You even replicated the beautiful pug ugly nose of the aircraft. Fantastic job Matt can't wait to see the write up on the blogs! I also love the flyover the ship nice touch.
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  November 6, 2013
Excellent build dude!
 
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